Williams drops 28 for Ashley girls; Lady Vikes cruise to semifinals

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Ashley 48    Conway (S.C.) 41

Serenity Williams led all scorers with 28 points as Ashley advanced to the tournament semifinals following a 48-41 victory over Conway, South Carolina in Hanover Hall on Monday.

The Screaming Eagles trailed by three after the first quarter and took an 18-17 advantage into the break. Ashley held Conway to just two field goals in the second period.

Angel Smith helped out in the scoring column with eight points and Morgan Carpenter finished with five. The Screaming Eagles outscored Conway 13-6 in the third quarter to make it 31-23 headed into the final frame and Williams scored 12 of her 28 points over the final eight minutes.

Meme Williams had a team-high 19 points for the Tigers, who take on West Florence in the loser’s bracket inside Trask Coliseum at 1:30 p.m.  Tuesday. Ashley plays in the semifinals against Hoggard at 3 p.m.

Conway 13-4-6-18=41

Ashley  10-8-13-17=48


Hoggard 58    West Florence (S.C.) 27

Trailing by two at the end of the first quarter, the Hoggard girls scored 27 straight points and shut out West Florence during the next eight-minute stretch en route to a 58-27 victory on day one of the Leon Brogden Holiday Basketball Tournament.

Eleven different players found the scoring column for the Vikings, who improved to 9-3 overall. Hoggard sank seven three-pointers to grab the commanding result.

Alisha Fisher. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams
Alisha Fisher. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams

“I wasn’t pleased with our effort on the defensive end of the floor in the first quarter,” said Hoggard Coach Boubacar Aw. “We picked it up after that and I’m proud of the way we fought to win every quarter after that.”

Emma Haywood led all scorers with a game-high 12 points, while Alisha Fisher and Kaitln Brannin chipped in with eight points apiece. Haywood went 4 of 5 from the field.

The Vikings jumped out to a 6-2 lead after Haywood drained her first three-ball thanks to Aleah Thompson, who kept possession alive with an offensive rebound. Back-to-back buckets by Kendra Cameron just before the end of the opening period gave West Florence a 14-12 advantage at the end of the opening frame.

Fisher made a nice bounce pass in transition for an easy lay-in by Brannin to start the second quarter as Hoggard went on a 27-0 push to advance to the winner’s bracket. Fisher hit two treys during the push and Mia Boone sank a long range shot for her only field goal of the game.

“We played three games in three days last week in Myrtle Beach so to be able to get all of our players some time on the floor today was big,” Aw added. “We just needed to continue our effort on defense and getting our bench minutes was a big help so we had a chance to rest some of our starters.”

The Vikings play in the 3 p.m. game against Ashley inside Trask Coliseum on Tuesday. West Florence takes the court at 1:30 p.m. in the loser’s bracket.

Florence  14-0-6-7=27

Hoggard   12-27-9-8=58


Day two schedule

Winner’s bracket

Hoggard vs. Ashley (girls) at 3 p.m.

New Hanover vs. Cary (boys) at 4:30 p.m.

Laney vs. New Hanover (girls) at 6 p.m.

Summerville vs. Roger Bacon (boys) at 7:30 p.m.

Loser’s bracket

Socastee vs. T.W. Andrews (girls) at 12 p.m.

West Florence vs. Conway (girls) at 1:30 p.m.

Laney vs. T.C. Williams (boys) at 4:30 p.m.

Ashley vs. Hoggard (boys) at 6 p.m.